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Basically, this is what you will get at alot of french resorts. Personally i started out as the cocky smartass guy, that had never really skied, but thought i was the shit. My first two seasons i pretty much partied, fornicated, worked and skiied, in that order! But as i became a little better at skiing i caught the freestyle bug, and never looked back! My last two seasons have been all about the skiing, however i do like a party or two! Now im stuck at uni, wishing i hadn't wasted my first seasons being a douche. My point is, yeah, there's tons of those people, but there's lots of people that are all about the skiing as well, you just have to find them. Hang around the park and see if any seasonaires are chillin there, and meet people out, freestylers are surprisingly easy to identify! I have also had some success in converting preppy guys to full fledged freestylers, so maybe try that as well, the lure of freestyle is strong!
Do you know where you're going yet?
Dude you're back for more 2 Alpes? Who you working for this time?
I'm in Hokkaido!
Oh, more on topic... I worked for Crystal about 7 or 8 years back. And it was really pretty good. I was only a chalet host, but I got a hell of alot of time on the hill - 6 days per week, from 10am ish to lifts closing. Because they're such a big company, unless you're in one of their flagship resorts, (3 Valleys, Espace Killy) then they don't really care too much about what you do. We served breakfast, made cakes, cleaned rooms, then hit the mountain. Then back in the evening to cook dinner. Then to the pub.
I also worked a season nightportering, which gave me the most time on the hill. Exhausting way of living, but when you're 18 you can do anything!
Repping you tend to get less ski time as you have to spend more time sorting stuff when it invariably goes wrong or you have high maintenance guests. I've also done a season repping, and that gave me the least free time.
To the OP, enjoy your season. You'll find people to ride with, you'll ride and hang with other people in your resort. Just find people you get on with! If you only mix with the people in the company you work for, you'll be limiting yourself!
Yeah mate! Working at smokey joes in the kitchen. Got a sweet apartment lined up too so should be a good one, hopefully staying in summer too
Yeah?! thats awesome, working?
Nice man, sounds good. French contract and perks is the way to go! Enjoy the winter, keep going huge!
I've moved here for a few years to teach English. Living in a town with 2 ski hills, and within easy driving distance of Niseko and a load of other bigger mountains. Already had snow down to sea level here!
So you've been to France for over 6 months all together, and you still haven't got a clue as to how the snow conditions might be? That sounds weird.
Well in you'r average resort, if you are willing to hike for it, pow can pretty much be found all season. Off the top of my haed i'd say the average snowfall is about 6-7 meters, and with so much accessible terrain it offers some of the best off piste skiing in the world.
I still cant believe that you spend so much time there, yet have no clue as to what it's like. Did you not go to the mountains or what?
Oh yeah, repping work sucks major ass! I've never met a rep that was happy about their job and serious about their skiing, the two things seem to exclude each other. Your job just takes up to much skitime, and skiing with your guests gets old really fast! Solution: Be a chalet host, bartender, cook, anything that involves not working in the day (much).